ROCHESTER - The Monarch School of New England announced recenly that Jeanette Souther has been hired as the nonprofit's next executive director.
Ms. Souther's leadership role will become effective on July 1. She succeeds Diane Bessey, who will retire at the end of the current school year following 40 years of service in special education and 25 years with the Monarch School of New England.
Ms. Souther was selected by the Board of Directors after an extensive yearlong process which yielded several outstanding candidates. Board President Jean Parsons said, "Jeanette's extensive special education and leadership experience impressed our hiring committee. She also demonstrated a strong alignment with the school's philosophy that every student has potential, and every student can learn. We look forward to working with her when she joins the school community in July."
Ms. Souther joins the Monarch School of New England from the Portsmouth School District, where she has served as the director of Pupil Support for eight years.
About the Monarch School of New England: The Monarch School of New England is a nonprofit day school for students 5-22 years of age with significant disabilities. The school supports students with special needs to reach their greatest potential, through a comprehensive approach which integrates both education and therapy, ensuring successful transitions to school and the community. To learn more, visit: monarchschoolne.org